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Rusc Old Time Radio General Knowledge #2 - Quiz

Are you an old time radio expert or a nostalgia newbie?
Let's find out with these twenty general knowledge questions ranging from the simple to the sublime.
Good luck!
Ned
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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following cowboy sidekicks is Wild Bill Hickok's Deputy?

    • A.

      Chester Proudfoot

    • B.

      California Carlson

    • C.

      Tonto

    • D.

      Pancho

    • E.

      Jingles

    Correct Answer
    E. Jingles
    Explanation
    Jingles is the correct answer because he is known as Wild Bill Hickok's deputy. As a cowboy sidekick, Jingles is often seen alongside Wild Bill Hickok in various Western films and television shows. He is a loyal and trusted companion to Wild Bill, assisting him in his adventures and helping to maintain law and order in the Wild West.

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  • 2. 

    Which old time radio regular made 'Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer' a hit?

    • A.

      Gen Autry

    • B.

      Elvis

    • C.

      Bing Crosby

    • D.

      Dinah Shore

    • E.

      Bob Hope

    Correct Answer
    A. Gen Autry
    Explanation
    Gene Autry, an old time radio regular, made 'Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer' a hit. Autry recorded and released the song in 1949, and it quickly became popular. Autry's version of the song has since become a beloved Christmas classic, capturing the hearts of listeners for generations. Autry's smooth voice and heartfelt rendition of the song helped to solidify its place in holiday music history.

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  • 3. 

    Which Big Band leader also played on the Burns and Allen Radio Show?

    • A.

      Charlie Barnet

    • B.

      Benny Goodman

    • C.

      Ken Carpenter

    • D.

      Artie Shaw

    • E.

      Count Basie

    • F.

      Duke Ellington

    Correct Answer
    D. Artie Shaw
    Explanation
    Artie Shaw is the correct answer because he was not only a renowned big band leader but also played on the Burns and Allen Radio Show. He was a clarinetist and bandleader known for his innovative approach to jazz music. Shaw's talent and contributions to both the big band genre and the radio show make him the most fitting answer to the question.

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  • 4. 

    Which female actress in the movie, Gone With The Wind, later on played Mary Livingstons Maid on The Jack Benny Show?

    • A.

      Butterfly McQueen

    • B.

      Portland Hoffa

    Correct Answer
    A. Butterfly McQueen
    Explanation
    Butterfly McQueen is the correct answer because she is the actress who played Mary Livingstons Maid on The Jack Benny Show. She is also known for her role as Prissy in the movie Gone With The Wind. Portland Hoffa is not the correct answer as she did not play this role.

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  • 5. 

    In the series 21st Precinct, long time star Cpt. Canelli was replaced on his promotion by Cpt. Cronin played by an actor who made a mark in TV in the same sort of role. Who was it?

    • A.

      James Gregory - Inspector Luger on 'Barney Miller'

    • B.

      Ray Collins - Lt. Tragg on 'Perry Mason'

    • C.

      Broderick Crawford - Chief Dan MAthews on "Highway Patrol"

    • D.

      Lee Marvin - Lt. Frank Ballinger on 'M Squad'

    Correct Answer
    A. James Gregory - Inspector Luger on 'Barney Miller'
    Explanation
    The correct answer is James Gregory - Inspector Luger on 'Barney Miller'. This answer is correct because the question asks for the actor who replaced Cpt. Canelli on the show 21st Precinct, and James Gregory played Inspector Luger on 'Barney Miller', which is a similar role in a different TV series.

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  • 6. 

    Who played the part of Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke?

    • A.

      William Conrad

    • B.

      Parley Baer

    • C.

      Howard McNear

    • D.

      Harry Bartell

    • E.

      Barney Phillips

    Correct Answer
    A. William Conrad
    Explanation
    William Conrad played the part of Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke.

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  • 7. 

    An annual radio Christmas present was an adaptation of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol'. Who played the part of Ebenezer Scrooge?

    • A.

      Lionel Barrymore

    • B.

      Monte Wooley

    • C.

      Ed Wynn

    • D.

      Edgar Bergen

    Correct Answer
    A. Lionel Barrymore
    Explanation
    Lionel Barrymore played the part of Ebenezer Scrooge in the annual radio Christmas present adaptation of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol".

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  • 8. 

    Beaulah, one of at least two spin offs of the Fibber Magee & Molly Show, followed the story of a 40's African-American housekeeper, funny thing was:

    • A.

      The part was played by 'Molly McGee' who had to juggle this and the original Fibber show

    • B.

      Part was played by the same actress who played the similar part of 'Birdie" on 'The Great Gildersleeve'

    • C.

      Protests from the newly created Domestic Workers of America lead to its early demise

    • D.

      Beaulah was in reality a male actor

    Correct Answer
    D. Beaulah was in reality a male actor
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that Beaulah was in reality a male actor. This means that despite the character being a female housekeeper, the role was actually played by a male actor. This could have been a deliberate choice for comedic effect or due to a lack of female actors available for the role.

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  • 9. 

    In the early radio episodes of Dragnet, Chief of Detectives Ed Backstran was played by someone who later had great success as a TV actor. Who was it?

    • A.

      Raymond Burr - TV's Perry Mason

    • B.

      Chuck Connors - TV's the Rifleman

    • C.

      James Arness - TV's Matt Dillon

    • D.

      Peter Falk - TV's Colombo

    Correct Answer
    A. Raymond Burr - TV's Perry Mason
    Explanation
    Raymond Burr, known for his role as TV's Perry Mason, played the character of Chief of Detectives Ed Backstran in the early radio episodes of Dragnet. He later achieved great success as a TV actor, solidifying his place in television history with his iconic portrayal of Perry Mason.

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  • 10. 

    On Fibber McGee and Molly, what was the real name of Teeny the little girl who lived next door?

    • A.

      Molly

    • B.

      Alice

    • C.

      Elizabeth

    • D.

      Beulah

    • E.

      Fibber

    Correct Answer
    C. Elizabeth
    Explanation
    Teeny, the little girl who lived next door on Fibber McGee and Molly, was actually named Elizabeth.

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  • 11. 

    What are the names of the husband and wife on The Couple Next Door?

    • A.

      Ethel & Albert

    • B.

      Betty & Bill

    • C.

      They have no names, they call each other Dear

    • D.

      Millie and Dick

    Correct Answer
    C. They have no names, they call each other Dear
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that the husband and wife on The Couple Next Door have no names, they call each other Dear. This suggests that the characters in the show have chosen not to use their names and instead use endearing terms to address each other. This could be a creative choice made by the writers to emphasize the universality of the couple's relationship and to focus on the dynamics between them rather than their individual identities.

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  • 12. 

    Which old time radio cowboy had a horse named Trigger?

    • A.

      Roy Rogers

    • B.

      Lone Ranger

    • C.

      Tonto

    • D.

      Hopalong Cassidy

    • E.

      Wild Bill Hickok

    Correct Answer
    A. Roy Rogers
    Explanation
    Roy Rogers is the correct answer because he was an old time radio cowboy who had a horse named Trigger. Roy Rogers was a popular American actor and singer known for his roles in Western films and television shows. He had a long-running radio show called "The Roy Rogers Show" where he portrayed a cowboy character and his horse, Trigger, was his faithful companion.

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  • 13. 

    What was the name of Cisco Kid's horse?

    • A.

      Diablo

    • B.

      Silver

    • C.

      Champion

    • D.

      Trigger

    • E.

      Scout

    • F.

      Topper

    Correct Answer
    A. Diablo
    Explanation
    Diablo is the correct answer because it is the name of Cisco Kid's horse.

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  • 14. 

    Which of the following was NOT a regular visitor to the Fibber McGee and Molly household?

    • A.

      Mr. Whipple the harried husband of 'Sweetie Pie'

    • B.

      Bombastic Wistfull Vista Mayor La Trivia

    • C.

      The old timer - 'That's not the way I heared it'

    • D.

      Luigi the Italian Immigrant

    Correct Answer
    D. Luigi the Italian Immigrant
    Explanation
    Luigi the Italian Immigrant was not a regular visitor to the Fibber McGee and Molly household. The question is asking for the option that was not a regular visitor, and Luigi the Italian Immigrant is the correct answer because the other options, Mr. Whipple, Bombastic Wistfull Vista Mayor La Trivia, and the old timer, were regular visitors to the household.

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  • 15. 

    In the early days, the Magee's (of Fibber McGee and Molly fame) had a boarder. Who was he?

    • A.

      Molly's dipsomaniacal uncle Dennis

    • B.

      Sven the janitor at Fibber's lodge

    • C.

      Mr. Wilcox the Johnson's wax spokesman

    • D.

      Trick Question - there was no boarder

    Correct Answer
    A. Molly's dipsomaniacal uncle Dennis
    Explanation
    Molly's dipsomaniacal uncle Dennis was the boarder in the early days of the Magee's.

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  • 16. 

    In the Great Gildersleeve, who wasn't a Jolly Boy?

    • A.

      Nephew Leroy

    • B.

      Mr. Peavy the Druggist

    • C.

      Floyd the Barber

    • D.

      Judge Hooker

    • E.

      The Summerfield Police Chief

    Correct Answer
    A. Nephew Leroy
    Explanation
    In the Great Gildersleeve, Nephew Leroy was not a Jolly Boy. The Jolly Boys were a social club consisting of several members, including Mr. Peavy the Druggist, Floyd the Barber, Judge Hooker, and the Summerfield Police Chief. Nephew Leroy was not mentioned as a member of this club.

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  • 17. 

    In Bold Venture, the Bogarts, Humphrey and Lauren, were based in a resort hotel in:

    • A.

      Havana

    • B.

      Martinique

    • C.

      Key West

    • D.

      Bermuda

    Correct Answer
    A. Havana
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Havana. In the radio show "Bold Venture," Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall played the characters of Slate Shannon and Sailor Duval, who were based in a resort hotel in Havana.

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  • 18. 

    Dragnet star Jack Webb named his first child after a frequent radio guest star. Who was it?

    • A.

      Stacy Harris

    • B.

      Harry Bartell

    • C.

      Martin Milner

    • D.

      Vic Perrin

    Correct Answer
    A. Stacy Harris
    Explanation
    Jack Webb named his first child after Stacy Harris, who was a frequent radio guest star on Dragnet.

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  • 19. 

    Dennis Day, from the Jack Benny show, was married to the sister of which actress?

    • A.

      Ann Blyth

    • B.

      Loretta Young

    • C.

      Linda Darnell

    • D.

      Ann Margaret

    Correct Answer
    A. Ann Blyth
    Explanation
    Dennis Day, from the Jack Benny show, was married to Ann Blyth, the sister of the actress Ann Blyth.

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  • 20. 

    Fill in the blank for this famous old time radio series. Life with _____

    Correct Answer
    Luigi
    Explanation
    The correct answer for this question is "Luigi". This is because "Life with Luigi" is a famous old-time radio series that aired from 1948 to 1953. The show followed the life of Luigi Basco, an Italian immigrant living in Chicago, as he navigates his new life in America. The series was known for its humor and heartwarming stories, making it a beloved show during its time.

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